The Annapolis City Council will hold a public hearing tonight on the proposed renewal of its franchise agreement with TCI Cablevision of Annapolis.
Under the terms of the proposed contract, the city would receive 5 percent of the cable company's gross revenues. Currently, the city receives 5 percent of only the subscription receipts.
The new contract also would place the city in charge of the public access channel. TCI would give the city $250,000 during the next two years to build and equip a studio, but the city would be responsible for maintaining and staffing it.
The agreement also would give the city three additional cable channels.
Program offerings for the basic cable subscription would remain the same.
The 10-year contract would be extended automatically for five years, unless in the seventh year the city notifies the company that it doesn't want to renew the contract.
The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at City Hall.